Where to see spring flowers in London

It might seem like a vast sea of concrete, but for its size, London is actually one of the greenest cities in the world. That means you can see all different types of flowers in London during the springtime - if you know where to look. So where are the best places to go for a wander and see the city in full bloom? That's where our guide comes in.

March

April

May

March flowers

Camellias at Chiswick Gardens

This restored giant conservatory is home to one of the oldest Camellia collections outside China and Japan, dating back to the 1830s.  Not only do they have some of the earliest varieties brought over to the UK by sea captains, but also some of the rarest examples. The annual Camellia showcase usually runs from the end of February to the end of March (check the website for details) so you can see them in their full glory. 

Address
Chiswick House and Gardens, Chiswick, London, W4 2RP

Nearest station
Chiswick

Crocuses at Kew Gardens

The "Crocus Carpet" is a popular attraction at Kew Gardens and starts to flower when the snow melts from the European mountains. This is usually from the end of February with March seeing the plant in full bloom. Pre-book your ticket (£10 for adults) for access to all the gardens.

Address
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 3AB

Nearest station
Kew Gardens 

Daffodils at St James's Park

The oldest Royal Park in London, St James’s has the lion's share of the one million bulbs planted across the capital’s parks annually. 

Address
St. James's Park, Westminster, London SW1A 2BJ

Nearest station
St. James's Park 

Magnolia at St Mary Le Strand

This is the most central place to spot a Magnolia and the best time to see it is in March, but you have to be quick as they don't flower for long. St Mary’s church was built in 1715 and is known as one of the Queen Anne churches as the monarch took an interest in the building. 

Address
Strand, London WC2R 1ES

Nearest station
Temple or Charing Cross at weekends

April blooms

Cherry Blossom at Kew Gardens

While the first blossoms start to appear in early March, it's in April where you get the full benefit of the flowers from these picturesque Japanese trees.The Cherry Walk at Kew has the largest concentration of Japanese cherries in London and they have been there since 1909. They have the pink-blossomed Prunus Kanzan and Asano as well as the white cherry Taihaku. Author and Japanese cultural enthusiast, Fran Pickering, has written several guides on the best places to find Cherry Blossoms in the capital so that should be your starting point. 

Address
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 3AB

Nearest station
Kew Gardens

Bluebells at Osterley Park

This 18th Century country estate is one of the last surviving of its kind in London. Take a stroll through the ancient meadows which pre-date the Georgian splendour of the formal gardens. Entry to the National Trust gardens from £10 for adults / £5 for children.

Address
Jersey Road, Isleworth, Middlesex, TW7 4RB

Nearest station
Osterley

Tulips at Buckingham Palace

There are around 28,000 tulips planted in the Memorial Gardens outside Buckingham Palace each year. You can also see the flowers in St James's Park, Regent’s Park and Kensington Gardens.

Address
Buckingham Palace, London, SW1A 1AA

Nearest station
St James's Park or Victoria

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Flowering in May

Azalea at Isabella Plantation

This Victorian woodland is most famous for its evergreen azaleas. They are best seen at their peak, blooming in late April and early May. The Isabella Plantation is also home to the  National Collection of Wilson 50 Kurume Azaelas (brought over in the 1920s from Japan by plant collector Ernest Wilson). While you’re there, check out their colourful collection of rhododendrons too.

Address
Richmond, London, TW10 5HS

Nearest station
Richmond

Rhododendrons at Kenwood House

The 112 area of parkland around Kenwood House was designed and landscaped by Sir Humphrey Repton. If you visit from the East Lodge entrance you can't miss Rhododendron 'Cynthia' which is on the west side of the gate. There is also a newly planted rhododendron arboreum and you can see more flowers in North Wood as you walk up from the West Lodge.

Address
Hampstead Lane, Hampstead - NW3 7JR

Nearest station
Golders Green or Archway, then bus 210

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